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Experience Paradise With Air Rarotonga On Aitutaki… No matter where you are staying in Rarotonga, the magnificent island of Aitutaki is only a short flight away thanks to daily departures with Air Rarotonga. Though, due to its inaccessibility for common goods it can be a lot pricier than the popular island of Rarotonga, especially when it comes to accommodation and meals. But, with the Aitutaki Day Tour with Air Rarotonga, you can experience absolute paradise landscapes aboard a luxury catamaran, a tour of the quaint town, return flights and the best meal you will have in the Cook Islands for about the same price of just the flights themselves. Get ready for isolated sandy beaches, smooth lagoon cruising and laughter as you are entertained by the amazing staff on the Aitutaki Day Tour with Air Rarotonga. Flying To Aitutaki With Air Rarotonga A full shuttle bus picks us up at 7am outside of our accommodation in Rarotonga. Heading towards the airport the sky’s here are grey. A light rain falls with smalls streaks of sun occasionally popping through the clouds, it is less than ideal conditions. Though, luckily we will be missing out on this. The check in at Rarotonga […]

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My Recommendations Where To Eat In Rarotonga There are a variety of places to eat when you are visiting in Rarotonga. Whether that is the seaside food trucks, burger joints, ocean view restaurants, markets or fancy hotel eateries. Though, with all these options it can get a little overwhelming. That’s way I have created the ultimate list, where to eat in Rarotonga? Punanga Nui Market The must be place any Saturday morning is the Punanga Nui Market. Duck down for the perfect breakfast or lunch meal from one of the many stalls. From fresh smoothies, chicken, crepes and of course coconuts! If you are craving some homemade goodies this is the place to be as the local community sets up with amazing homemade cakes and pastries fresh out of the oven! Spend the morning trying a little bit of everything and relaxing under the beautiful Rarotongan sun. Opening Hours: Saturdays, 8am until 2pm. Location: Ara Tapu, Avarua, Cook Islands Mooring Fish Cafe This iconic Rarotongan eatery is a hot spot for locals and tourists, and for a good reason, their sandwiches! Located next to the fishing club you can be sure the iconic FOB sandwich is made with the freshest fish and on […]

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How Expensive Is Vietnam and How Much Does It Cost To Travel In Vietnam? Travelling can be expensive, even in Asia, so its good to keep track of costs and make a budget. I track my spending so I can share with you how much it can cost to travel in Vietnam. When I was researching online, Vietnam was on the cheaper side when compared to other countries on the banana pancake trail. Most websites seemed to recommend approximately $20.00 per person per day. I actually ended up spending more than I had originally planed and what many other websites recommended during my 28 days in the country. After taking some hellish bus journeys I decided it was smarter and safer to take trains most of the time within Vietnam. We also splashed out on a 2 night tour of Ha Long Bay and the Vietnam visa is not cheap. I certainly lived a comfortable life in Vietnam and my cost per day to travel in Vietnam was $25.00, so not too much more from the recommended backpacker budget of $20.00. How I Book Cheap Transport In Vietnam: 12.Go Asia I am traveling Vietnam with my partner, James. This allows […]

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Taking A $6.00 Tour Of Cu Chi Tunnels – Do I Regret It? I am not usually one to go into a travel agency to book a tour, though when it came to visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels in Hoi Chi Minh City I had no idea where to start. I knew I could not do it myself. There was no way I would survive being on a motorbike in that traffic and I was no confident taking public transport. Booking a tour would be the only way to go. If you have visited a Vietnamese City you will agree with me on one thing, travel agencies are everywhere and it can be difficult to tell which are legitimate or not. Vietnam is a country not just known for its counterfeit goods, but also counterfeit companies. We kind of winged it and decided to book with the ‘most’ legitimate looking company. Basically this just meant shiny floors, a professional setup and nice staff members. It is located along Bùi Viện, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, just down from Gotcha! fast food restaurant on the opposite side of the road. How I Book Cheap Transport In Vietnam: 12.Go Asia Choosing A […]

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Mother Natures Perfect Creation, Mui Ne The reason I fell in love with the wide variety of landscapes and things to do in Mui Ne. It is on the main tourist trail in Vietnam, though unless you are 100% confident on a motorbike I would recommend only spending one full day exploring the area. The reason why is that the majority of these things can be done on a tour. The majority of hostels and travel agencies will hold twice a day tours to all the highlights, this means to can tick off the top things to do in Mui Ne relatively quickly. Even better is that these tours are incredibly affordable, I booked my sunrise tour with Mui Ne Backpackers Village and it only cost $7.00 / 160,000 VND! How I Book Cheap Transport In Vietnam: Baolau.com Where To Stay In Mui Ne? In Mui Ne I recommend booking your accommodation on the main road which runs alongside the coast. This will keep you in close distance to many excellent attractions and delicious restaurants. Here are my top picks for accommodation in Mui Ne: Find the best hotels in the area Mui Ne Backpacker Village The ultimate backpackers paradise […]

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The Ultimate Backpackers Travel Guide to Bagan in Myanmar Myanmar is an extremely up and coming country in the South East Asian backpacking trail and Bagan is the number one bucket list place in this country. This city is full of history and amazing pagodas at every turn. Though, if this is your first time visiting Myanmar the experience can be quite overwhelming which is why reading a backpackers travel guide to Bagan can be extremely helpful. In this backpackers travel guide to Bagan I will let you in on all the top things to do in Bagan, where to sleep, eat and more! How Many Days To Spend In Bagan? I spent a total of four days in Bagan and in all honesty this was probably too long to spend just exploring the temples. If you were going to head further out of the main Bagan archaeological zone this would probably be the perfect amount of time to spend in Bagan.  Though, if you are just wanting to see a couple sunrises and sunsets over the temples would recommend spending three days. Trust me, at the end you will be completely templed out! Further down in this backpackers travel […]

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An Under Water  World With Vietnam Snorkeling… Nha Trang no doubt is a tourist hub in Vietnam, with a lot more of a Western influence than other areas of the country. Most signs and menus are in Vietnamese or Russian, and unfortunately for me I speak neither of these languages. This promoted me to jump online to search the generic ‘what to do in nha trang’, of course the typical hire a beach chair, visit Vinpearl, came up. Though, what truly caught my eye was the chance to go snorkeling in Nha Trang. A tour with Vietnam Snorkeling popped up, and after reading some reviews and seeing what my hostel said about it I decided to go ahead and book. Side note- book online as prices are generally cheaper than booking through your hostel as they will be earning a commission, this was the case for me anyway. How I Book Cheap Transport In Vietnam: Baolau.com Where To Go Snorkeling In Nha Trang? Lucky for ocean lovers like me, Nha Trang has over 12,00 hectares of official marine reserve. This coral filled area is known as Hon Mun Marine Protected Area and is where you will visit if you are […]

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The Backpackers Wanderlust 2017 Travel Year In Review The year of 2017 has been a bit hectic, for both me personally and for Backpackers Wanderlust as a growing brand. This is why I have decided to create a “2017 travel year in review” post to keep you up to date as to what I have done and to keep you involved. The first half of my 2017 travel year was spent exploring and essentially creating content. I photographed numerous moments throughout eleven countries and two continents. I hiked the highest trekking pass in the world, slept on numerous overnight buses and saw some of the most amazing sights of my life. My trip was meant to finish in July after exploring India. Though, while in Nepal I got absolutely exhausted and craved a routine. Sleeping in a new bed every third night and having to constantly finding new places to eat and new things to do honestly got exhausting. Lying sick in my bed in Jomson, Nepal, I booked my flight home. Forgoing over $1000.00 worth of flights I had previously booked and forking out another $400.00 for a new flight back to my home in New Zealand. Back in […]

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The Ultimate Backpackers Travel Guide to Yangon in Myanmar Myanmar is an extremely up and coming country in the South East Asian backpacking trail and Yangon is one of the main hubs for international flights. This city is full of history and amazing sights. Though, if this is your first time visiting Myanmar the experience can be quite overwhelming which is why reading a travel guide to Yangon can be extremely helpful. With a culture and customs unlike anywhere I have ever visited, it was the first city I solo traveled in and I loved every moment. In this backpackers travel guide to Yangon I will let you in on all the top things to do in Yangon, where to sleep, eat and more! How Many Days To Spend In Yangon? I spent a total of four days in Yangon and managed to see many of the top sites in the city at a slow pace. Though, I would recommend spending three days and then head off somewhere quieter as it is a very polluted place which does take a toll on your body. Further down in this travel guide to Yangon I will let you know the best things […]

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Thanh Ha, The Pottery Village In Hoi An, Vietnam When in Hoi An I recommend getting out of the city a little bit and exploring a slower paced life in Thanh Ha Pottery Village. Though, this is not just any place, is it somewhere which is famous in Vietnam and has contributed a lot to important buildings throughout the country’s history. It may be a little bit touristy though if you are willing to get your hands dirty, learn some pottery techniques and have a laugh in the process it could be well worth the visit. How I Book Cheap Transport In Vietnam: Baolau.com How To Get To Thanh Ha Pottery Village Located in the Quang Nam Provience and 3km east of Hoi An is the Thanh Ha Pottery Village. You can hire a bicycle to get here as many do in Hoi An, though I recommend getting a motorbike instead. This will save you using all your energy in the Vietnamese heat. There is a fee to park in Thanh Ha of  $0.20 / 5000 VND which is what I paid, though supposedly if you park within the gate there is no charge. Costs To Visit Thanh Ha Pottery […]

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